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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS
- SEC Rebukes AICPA on Standards-Setting Posture
- H&R Block Accused of Misuse of Consumer Data
- Ex-Con Tells How Auditors Fail to Help Clients Guard Against Fraud
- European Commission Dashes Hopes For Audit Liability Caps
- Free File Program Proves Popular With Taxpayers
- Former Enron Accountant Writes Tell-All Book
var Uncertainty Shades CFOs' Revenue Predictions
- Social Security: "Not Sustainable For Long-Term"
- Caifornia E-Tax Filing System Irks Software Makers
- Be Recognized For Your Firm's Ethics
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It has been said that the best way to ensure that you are NOT busy next year is to act TOO busy this year to properly service your clients or court your prospects. I want to share the frustration of some recent experiences as a prospect, just to highlight how easy it is to turn someone off to your services.
Over the last two weeks, I have left multiple phone messages with three (non-accounting related) organizations that I want to either join as a member or hire as a client and none of the three organizations has yet called me back. In all three cases my initial voice message was as a prospect seeking information. My second message several days later was a statement that I want to do business with them and could they please call me back. My final message, two weeks after the original call, was to please have the courtesy of having someone call me if they are not interested in my business, so I can find alternatives if necessary. Still, I've heard nothing but silence.
I'm confident that none of you would treat your potential
clients this way. But if you know of someone who might need a reminder about prompt response, no matter how busy they are, please pass this message of frustration along!
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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS
The SEC wants the AICPA to know, in no uncertain terms, who's in charge of standard setting. Following the release last week of an AICPA exposure draft on internal control reporting, the SEC expressed strong concerns that the AICPA is creating the perception that they are more involved in the standard setting process than they really are.
H&R Block's marketing efforts are again stirring controversy as several consumer groups alert the Treasury Department this week of alleged privacy violations by H&R Block of data collected from taxpayers using the IRS' Free File program.
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Mark Morze has the dubious distinction of having perpetrated one of the biggest and most brazen financial frauds in American history, serving as "president" of ZZZZ Best's insurance restoration business. Mr. Morze, who spent over four years in prison and is now helping auditors discover fraud, shares over 30 questions that the auditors should have asked that would have stopped him dead in his tracks.
With a declaration that unlimited liability on auditors is a "quality driver," the European Commission has all but closed the door on any discussion of limiting the size of lawsuits that can be levied against accounting firms that perform public audits.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that as of
last week more than two million taxpayers have used Free File, a program offered by the IRS and private companies. Free File allows taxpayers to prepare and file their taxes online for free.
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She was Time magazine's co-Person of the Year and the inspiration for Congress inserting whistle-blowing protections into the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Now, Sherron Watkins, the former vice president at Enron, tells her story in the book, Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron.
Deductible Taxes: Did you know that you may be able to deduct certain taxes on your federal income tax return? There are three types of deductible non-business taxes.
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For Chief Financial Officers of U.S. companies, a short successful war will mean positive revenue growth over the next year according to the March "CFO Outlook Survey," conducted this week by Financial Executives International and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
The Social Security Board of Trustees has declared that the
Social Security program is not sustainable over the long term. The 2003 Social Security Trustees Report does extend the projected solvency of the trust funds by one year.
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Until this tax season, taxpayers in California who wanted to file electronically had to use tax-preparation software for a fee ranging from $5 to $30. But now, Californians can use a state-supported system that allows them to send in their taxes for free and private companies aren't happy about it.
America is experiencing a crisis of confidence in the way business operates. To help identify those businesses that exhibit high moral and ethical standards, the Council of Better Business Bureaus is once again holding a National Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics competition, and it is a great opportunity for local CPA firms to make a strong, positive public relations statement in your local community.
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